Now you can go online to reduce your job stress. And a new study shows that it works.
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Internet-based stress management programs (ISM) in the workplace will effectively reduce stress for a sustainable period, says a new Cleveland Clinic study. The study even suggests that reducing stress using ISM is as effective as managing stress face-to-face.
Traditional stress management often includes massage therapy, exercise, diet changes, acupuncture and meditation. Through its online program ISM focuses on achieving a state of mindfulness through meditation, relaxation and guided imagery.
Chronic stress relief
A national survey shows that 75 percent of American adults continue to report high levels of stress despite an improving economy. They also have little access to feasible stress management programs in their workplaces. And most Americans say work is the most stressful part of their lives.
The upside of online stress management programs? They make stress reduction techniques more accessible to workers who suffer from chronic stress — a major public health issue associated with increased health risk and chronic disease.
Stress reduced from ‘high’ to ‘average’
The ISM used in the study, Stress Free Now, offered participants:
- Online relaxation practice materials
- Coping strategies
- Daily topics to inspire continue relaxation and meditation
Stress assessments were made at the beginning and end of the program.
The participants showed significant decrease in stress from high levels to average, as well as improved emotional well-being. Results showed the higher the number of meditations participants completed each week, the greater their perception of stress reduction.
“Our recent findings provide individuals and employers with a new option to consider for themselves or their employees,” says Michael Roizen, MD, Chief Wellness Officer at Cleveland Clinic. “Unmanaged stress causes some of the highest healthcare costs for employers and has a lasting impact on everyone.”
“This study implies such health effects may be readily reduced,” Dr. Roizen adds.